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The Bookcover



The Bookcover

The Bookcover
26 Settembre – 27 October 2017
The Italian Cultural Institute London
39 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8NX
Opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

The book is an important step in the process of building a photographer’s identity.

An autonomous object, it is a space unlike an individual image or an exhibition, able to create the author’s own language, an enclosed space which has a beginning and an end but that at the same time is expected to last in time.

A good book implies a choice by the author, a statement of authorship, and implies the discovery of a distinctive language: a photographer, a writer, an artist, becomes an author when able to create or master a language, a voice that converses with the space/book.

On display, the images that twelve photographers have selected for the cover, therefore the voice, of their prestigious publications (it is open until 21 October the exhibition Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth, at Beetles + Huxley, in London, and the book of the same name is currently being re-printed by British publisher Mack).

As per Barthes’ interpretation of the punctum, look at the original images (all vintage prints) and try and deduce where the author fathomed the punctum: the salute for Fusco, the missing limb for Soth, the black whole of Palazzo Altemps for Barbieri, the triptych with the horse head in the middle for Miguel Rio Branco, are possibly the punctum of four of the fourteen photos on display, and definitely important pieces of the individual authors’ language.

Olivo Barbieri - Rome Site Specific 04 - Zone Attive, 2004.

Paul Fusco - RFK Funeral Train - Umbrage Editions, 2000.

Paul Fusco - RfK Funeral Train - Aperture, 2008.

Alec Soth - Sleeping by the Mississippi - Steidl Edition, 2004.

Miguel Rio Branco - Entre os Olhos, o Deserto - Cosac & Naify, 1997.

Graciela Iturbide, El Bano de Frida, Punctum Press, 2008.

Graciela Iturbide, Graciela Iturbide, Phaidon Press, 2001.

Chris Killip, Sea Coal, Steidl / Gwin Zegal, 2011.

Don McCullin, The Impossible Peace: From War Photographs to Landscapes, 1958 – 2011, Skira Editore, 2012

Anders Petersen, Café Lehmitz, Schirmer/Molsel, 2000.

David Spero, Settlements, Self Published, 2004.

Marco Delogu, Noir et Blanc, Contrasto, 2008.


Date: DA Tuesday, September 26, 2017 a Friday, October 27, 2017

Time: From 10:00 am To 6:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


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